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Interview with University Founder Patrick Awuah Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow's Africa

Education is the key to Africa's future, says Patrick Awuah, Jr. In an effort to unlock that future, he founded Ashesi University in 2002. "We don't preach to people," he says, "we engage them in conversation."
Ashesi University is among the best institutions of higher learning in Africa.

Ashesi University is among the best institutions of higher learning in Africa.

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Now that student housing is available on campus, there have been more female applicants.

Now that student housing is available on campus, there have been more female applicants.

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Half the students at Ashesi University are women.

Half the students at Ashesi University are women.

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About Patrick Awuah, Jr.

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A main focus of the university is teaching students how to think.

A main focus of the university is teaching students how to think.

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Edel Togobo, 20, is a student at Ashesi University. She hopes to start her own company after graduation.

Edel Togobo, 20, is a student at Ashesi University. She hopes to start her own company after graduation.

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This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.